LONDON, Ont. - The No. 11 CCAA-ranked Fanshawe women's basketball team moved to 14-2 on the season with a win over the St. Clair Saints (10-6) by a score of 82-58 at the Glenn Johnston Athletics Centre on Wednesday evening. The Falcons are currently riding a seven-game win streak and have yet to drop a contest on their home court this season.
The Saints came out strong to start the game, going up 14-2 to open the first quarter. The Falcons then stepped it up with a strong drive by fifth-year forward Ali Vlasman (Mount Elgin), who had a career-high 27 points. The Falcons were able to chip away at St. Clair's lead and were only down 16-12 after the opening frame. In the second quarter, Sarnia native Claire Dechet led the Falcons offence with back-to-back mid-range shots to give the home team the lead. At half time, the score was 35-29 in favour of the Falcons.
The red and white came ready to play in the third quarter, and extended their lead on a lay-up from Mikhaila Wright (London). Vlasman was unrelenting, using her strength to get to the rim for a pair of buckets. She then topped it off with a three-pointer to give Fanshawe a 61-41 lead going into the fourth quarter. Assists from Dechet and Sydney Kendellen (London) gave Vlasman four more points on the fast break in the final frame. Wright then got a big offensive rebound and found Vlasman on the block for yet another lay-up. With the bucket, Vlasman became the Fanshawe women's basketball all-time points leader, with 791. She passes Rebecca Huntley's (1992-96) previous record of 781. The Falcons went on to win the game 82-58, marking their second win over St. Clair in the past two weeks.
Fanshawe will be tested in their next game on Saturday, when it hosts the No. 1 CCAA-ranked Humber Hawks (17-0) at 6 p.m. in a battle of the OCAA's top-ranked teams. In their last meeting on Nov. 26 in Etobicoke, the Hawks defeated the Falcons 95-67.